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what's for dessert?

Posted by helen 
what's for dessert?
August 31, 2007 11:46AM
After lots of "what are you cooking for dinner tonight" I started thinking about those nights when a dessert is required.
I generally cook a chocolate tart (recipe on foodlovers). I use really good quality 75% pure chocolate in the tart and serve it with vanilla icecream and generally a coulis made with frozen raspberries.
In winter I like to do gingerbread with caramelised pineapple, icecream and caramel sauce.

what are your favourites?
Re: what's for dessert?
August 31, 2007 12:38PM

Banana Chocolate winter Pudding with chocolate caramel sauce it is cooked in a cake tin.
I make up half the recipe and cook it in muffin tins I can't remember where i got the recipes but it is a great favourite with my family. My son took the leftovers home with him one night and a friend of his who is a chef was there and wanted the recipe, he now includes this on his winter menu.

For a quick dessert, when unexpected guests arrive, I usually have a Swiss jam roll in the freezer and make a custard to go with it and serve with cream .
Kay D
Re: what's for dessert?
August 31, 2007 02:49PM
Ooh, Lemon Delicious Pudding and Alison Holst's Steamed Carrot Pudding have been my personal favourites for some time. In summer I think I would tend towards pavlovas more than anything else.
Re: what's for dessert?
August 31, 2007 09:42PM
Our office had a pot-luck dinner at the bosses place last night and as I had drawn the short straw to work the late afternoon shift, I took my crockpot to work and filled the office with the aroma of a dried fruit compote cooking. It had raisins, cranberries, mango, figs, prunes, peaches, apricots and apples and I used about 750ml of apple and mango juice with a 1/4 cup of brandy as the liquid. I added a stick of cinnamon, 6 whole cloves and a star anise and cooked it on low all afternoon. As the boss lives just round the corner from the office, I went there straight from work. By the time we were ready to eat the warm dessert, the sauce was syrupy thick and the fruit was deliciously plump with rich concentrated flavours. Everyone served themselves straight from the crockpot and I took along whipped cream and ice cream.

You know how it is when eating communally, no one wants to take the last bit off the plate, so I was lucky enough to bring home just enough fruit to have for breakfast this morning, mixed with some brown rice (I always have rice ready cooked in the freezer).

I love my crockpots.
Re: what's for dessert?
August 31, 2007 10:40PM
the good old rice pudding in the oven and bread and butter are favourites with the teenagers and are filling
in the summer we have anything that is light and has cream

anything that fills up the teenagers i love
Re: what's for dessert?
August 31, 2007 11:12PM
My husband & I never bother too much by ourselves but when the family or just the grandchildren come we don't need an excuse. Well of course one can't go past the old crumble topping one & I am loving the Anzac pudding from the Taste magazine, Lemon Delicious & in the summer the rolled pavlova & choc log are our favourites.
I always have a jar of lemon curd & frozen pastry shells so always something for any unexpected guests. If I don't have lemon curd, well drained crushed pineapple with some whipped cream folded in is also nice in the pastry shells sometime with a touch of chopped glace ginger added too.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 01:38AM
Crusty apple tart, straight out of the oven and served with vanilla ice-cream. I like to cook the granny smith first with lemon peel no sugar added to fruit, a good home made short crust pastry - on the lid of pastry I'd sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg and little castor sugar. I can see it now and I think I'll make some tomorrow for father's day - its his favourite too. =)
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 04:03AM
Lemon Delicious is a good stand by for the family, when I want to fill hungry tummies a bit more. Individual sticky date puds with caramel sauce are a fav for visitors or for going out. Or I opt for a special dessert cake with coulis or cream or other sauces.....maybe apple and ginger, or lemon syrup cake.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 05:38AM
Ooooh I forgot the Lemon Yogurt Cake in the recipe section served hot with lemon curd and whipped cream. Instead of plain yogurt I used lemon delight yogurt.
Son just arrived with a request for this recipe as his MIL is coming for dinner tomorrow and DIL wants to impress.
Oh Oh just had the first few lemons taken off my tree by son .
Kay D
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 06:47AM
Chocolate self saucing, 3/4 hour pudding, lemon delicious and lemon meringue pie and made creme brulee last week, tried Alison Holsts recipe yum - these are just some of our favourites
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 08:57AM

Pears poached in red or white wine,bread and butter pud made with fruit bread or croissants, or creme caramel.Stewed tamarillos with custard.Apple or lemon anything.Chocolate self saucing pudding.

In summer my favourite is fresh stone fruit baked with wine,sugar and a cinnamon stick,fresh fruit salads and homemade ice cream.No wonder I go to weight watchers.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 11:49AM
Chocolate steam pudding with thickened cream, (lots of thickened Cream) No wonder i am developing love handles and a spare tire.
Made a simple sessert last week (which also won't be helping!) with chocolate instant pudding in Parfeit glasses, layered with chopped strawberries which have been rolled in icing sugar, thickened cream Layer upon layer alternating choc pudding, thickened cream, strawberies and topped with a wee drizzle of chocolate sauce a generous amount of of grated chocolate and a strawberry.
There is a great chocolate pudding recipe here in the recipes section.
Warmest Regards

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/01/2007 11:50AM by Lisa Templeton.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 12:42PM
Not a dessert but in the latest Taste mag is a choc cake recipe from a cafe, it's a requested one & today I have made it for tomorrow. It looks & smells wonderful I can't wait to get into it. It is a very large one so great for a family of 9 adults & 5 kids that are coming over. Will keep you posted on the taste.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 01, 2007 10:52PM
Just to be politically correct - fresh fruit!!!!!
Re: what's for dessert?
September 02, 2007 12:35AM
Yes LynV I saw that and it is on my to cook list look forward to hearing how it tastes
Re: what's for dessert?
September 02, 2007 07:33AM
Our special occassion dessert (having tonight for Fathers day) is a baked New York cheese cake , made with some Ricotta so has a slight tartness to it,, and Raspberries on top - juice thickened with a little cornflour so its a "clear" fruit top with a couple of crumbled Flake Bars on top.. Gorgeous zing of Rapsberries.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 02, 2007 11:44AM
Can't stand anything sweet at all. Give me a 6ft long sausage roll and I'll munch my way thru the lot. Yeah, I know I'm weird..............
Re: what's for dessert?
September 02, 2007 11:59AM
The chocolate cake was divine. Split really well but I wouldn't go with the filling too much as it was going to be very sweet so I whipped up cream folded in some of the filling from the recipe & put that in on top of the jam. I also had some vanilla oil & I used that where it stated oil & it was very moist, I just sieved icing sugar over the top. Will definetely do it again & it is a big one.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 02, 2007 12:42PM
Lynne, there are lots of us the same this was in a previous thread.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 03, 2007 02:59AM
LynV, I also go for the little tart cases and lemon curd, like the idea of pineapple, could also use apple, and on and on.
I like the sound of lemon delicious, may I have the recipe please.
Thanks a lot
Re: what's for dessert?
September 03, 2007 12:44PM
If you find you are out of tart cases, gingernut biscuits work well. Lay a biscuit on top of each patty pan, put into a warm oven and when they start to get warm, gently press into tins so that they take up the shape. Remove from oven, as they cool down they stay in their shapes. Fill with pineapple and whipped cream, or whatever you fancy.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 05, 2007 06:43AM
LynV - many thanks for recipe, it surely sounds delicions, much appreciated
Re: what's for dessert?
September 11, 2007 06:09AM
I am wondering about the Taste recipe that was tried by LynV and lesley was going to bake also.

I saw the recipe in 'Taste' mag also (almost the same as the Celebration Cake from Helen except it has some sour cream added and twice the amount of BP and Soda)

LynV - did you put the full amount of BP and Soda when you made the cake and if so, did it not taste of Soda? and Lesley what did you think opf it?

I thought maybe the cafe had halved the recipe before sending in to the Taste request and forgotten to halve the raising.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 15, 2007 05:22AM
Has anyone else (besides LynnV and Lesley ) made the 'Taste' recipe for the requested choc cake - Pukeko Junction cafe ), I am concerned about the huge amount of BP and Soda in recipe.

I would like to try it as it has sour cream but otherwise identical to Helen's Celebration cake so should be extra nice with additional sour cream - but the raising quantities seem wrong.
Re: what's for dessert?
September 15, 2007 12:17PM
I thought there was a misprint meaning that the 1 tbsp of soda and BP should have been 1 tsp but went along with it, it turned out ok, the icing was far too sweet even for my sweet tooth family, I actually prefer the recipe from Feb/March 2007 Foodtown mag for Decadent Chocolate cake to this one, but I like to try new recipes and have a good test panel here at home
Re: what's for dessert?
September 16, 2007 06:35AM
HeatherH - have you checked out the forum on Taste's website as someone may have commented on the recipe? I have never been on their forum but have just noticed it when checking the site for recipes. Perhaps there may even be an option to question the editor ? It does seem like a lot of baking soda though !
Re: what's for dessert?
September 16, 2007 09:32AM
as much as i love puddings/desserts. I dont make thme alot.

The other night I made the Alison Holst crazy cake and it was divine.

Sometimes i mkae instant pudd and serve it like Lisa did in the glasses.

Most times we have ice cream as we have a 3 and 5 year old and they dont do puddings.

But the Lemon pudds sounds quite refreshing after a yummy dinner.

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